Helen Kapalos lists cool warehouse conversion in Collingwood

Posted on 17 Jul 2017, 11:55 a.m. in Abercromby's, Auctions, Selling


FORMER news anchor Helen Kapalos is selling her stylish apartment in Collingwood’s sought-after Foy & Gibson precinct.

Exposed brickwork, soaring timber ceilings, rustic floorboards and a loft bedroom are highlights of the chic two-bedroom pad at 11/109 Oxford St.

The warehouse conversion, in the former factory’s “Bohemia” building, has a price guide of $980,000 to $1.078 million and will be auctioned on July 22.

Read the Herald Sun article here: http://www.realestate.com.au/news/news-just-in-helen-kapalos-lists-cool-warehouse-conversion-in-collingwood/?rsf=syn%3Anews%3Anca%3Ahs%3Asocref

Triaca family, of Cafe Latin, sell their historic Hawthorn home

Posted on 24 Mar 2016, 11:43 a.m. in Abercromby's, News, Selling, Sold


Kinvoir, 42 Lisson Grove, Hawthorn.
This lovely Victorian home has been in Melbourne’s Triaca family for 90 years, seeing six generations pass through its halls.
Kinvoir was built around 1886 and has been home to Maria and Adrian Triaca for 25 years. The property was bought by Adrian’s grandmother Amelia Tilbury and was his childhood home.
Read more: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/home-design/prestige-property/triaca-family-of-cafe-latin-sell-their-historic-hawthorn-home/news-story/358131879b55b4357f4dbafd6a9a9d01



Vintage Real Estate

Posted on 3 Sep 2015, 11:02 a.m. in Abercromby's, Auctions, Property of the Week, Selling

Vintage Real Estate : Director Jock Langley take us inside one of Melbourne's finest lifestyles at Kevan & Judy Gosper's magnificent South Yarra sub-penthouse for a ‪#‎champagneshowing‬. Delighted to have @louisroederer on hand for last night’s private inspections. A perfect partner ‪#‎champagne‬ ‪#‎abercrombys‬ ‪#‎louisroederer‬ ‪#‎luxuryrealestate‬ ‪#‎melbourneluxury‬ ‪#‎domainroad‬ ‪#‎penthouseliving‬ ‪#‎southyarra‬ ‪#‎botanicgardens‬ ‪#‎melbournepenthouse‬ ‪#‎kevangosper‬ ‪#‎ioc‬ ‪#‎woodmarsh‬ ‪#‎stephencrafti‬ ‪#‎privè





First time offered in 35 years

Posted on 19 Sep 2013, 5:21 p.m. in Abercromby's, Just Listed, Selling


27 Linlithgow Road, TOORAK

First time to be offered in 35 years this classic Tudor style 1940’s duplex, in this highly sought after tree lined street, is to be sold as one. Both dwellings offer comfortable three bedroom accommodation with bright entertaining spaces and formal zones, ripe for renovation. Very close to excellent schooling and parks, waking distance to Toorak Village, Kooyong shops and train station. Land 750 sqm approximately. Future possibilities could suit redevelopment S.T.C.A

Inspection Times: Sat 21st Sep, 3:00pm-3:30pm

Property Agents:
Jock Langley 0419 530 008
Tim Derham 0438 332 844

Outstanding With Scope To Recreate Your Toorak Dream!

Posted on 23 May 2013, 2 p.m. in Abercromby's, Selling


3 McMaster Court, Toorak is currently available for private sale. The property will be open on Sat 25th May, 3:00pm-3:30pm.
We thought we should give you prior notice in case you know of anybody keen to move into the surrounding area. Should you have any queries about this property, or any other real estate matter please do not hesitate to contact:

Jock Langley 0419 530 008
Tim Derham 0438 332 844

History and society style

Posted on 15 Apr 2013, 2:39 p.m. in Abercromby's, Selling

The former South Yarra home of prolific mid-20th century society architect Marcus Martin will be auctioned at 12.30pm on April 27.


The property, 240 Walsh Street, was built by Martin, who died in 1981, as his residence about 1935.

Previously listed for private sale, the property comes with an Edna Walling-designed walled garden and a central feature pond designed by Ola Cohn.

Jock Langley, of Abercromby’s, is quoting $2 million-plus.

EAST MELBOURNE 193 George Street

Posted on 10 Apr 2013, 2:42 p.m. in Abercromby's, Selling

‘Sunnyside’  c1864 is currently available for sale by Tender, closing 5pm on Tuesday 30th April 2013.

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We thought we should advise you in case you know of anybody keen to move into the surrounding area.

Should you have any queries about this property, or any other real estate matter please do not hesitate to contact:

Jock Langley  0419 530 008

Historic eastern star flaunts significant assets overseas

Posted on 12 Mar 2013, 3:36 p.m. in Abercromby's, General Interest, News, Selling


Pollster and serial mayoral candidate Gary Morgan is about to list his historic East Melbourne mansion in George Street, which will be aimed at international buyers.

The chairman of Roy Morgan Research has picked a new home in the area, spending $5,155,000 to get a 14-room Victorian villa on Powlett Street about a fortnight ago.

Morgan had to pay $780,000 above the reserve to take ”Claverings” at the hotly contested auction.

The two-storey Victorian he is selling was designed by famed architect Charles Webb in 1864 and is considered to be one of the best houses in East Melbourne.

The property at 193 George Street has seven bedrooms, two reception rooms, a drawing room, two studies, three kitchens, 18th-century marble fireplaces, marble floors and cedar doors. There’s also a coach house with a self-contained apartment.

Jock Langley of Abercromby’s is believed to be targeting international buyers in a sales campaign that will run until late April. Nobody associated with the property wants to talk price, but industry sources say the starting point is likely to be about $10 million.


‘I won’t sell if I don’t get the right price,” Mr Morgan tells Private Property. ”I think when people see it they will realise it’s one of Melbourne’s best homes.”

Source : Domain March 9, 2013

The Top End has definately picked up a little right now (in activity – not price)

Posted on 26 Mar 2012, 5:47 p.m. in Market Updates, Selling

$3-Million-Plus Market
The Top End has definitely picked up a little right now (in activity – not price)


The New Way to do Business at the Top End – An Abercrombys Private Auction – 11 Bates St Malvern East selling over $6 million – Jeff Gole and Tim Derham

Thursday 22nd March: The Abercromby Private Auction – possibly the new Expressions of Interest. Private Auctions are where a home is advertised usually for a mid week auction and only those who register interest are allowed to attend.

11 Bates St Malvern East was a great example of how it works. A number of pre arranged private inspections during the course of an advertised auction campaign. A few days before today (Thursday) all potential buyers register interest and are required to indicate a starting bid – in today’s case $5.9 million was the written starting bid (I’m not sure what that proves, but anyway).

They are by invitation only (and some people I watched being turned away at the door, so its true) and today at 11 Bates three parties turned up. Two did – well I think two did – the spiel was given by Tim Derham and he read out there were two pre recorded bids. One bidder asked to see them and she was duly shown the written bids – what surprised me was she accepted them without asking Tim to point out who that actual written bid was from, but we move on. Anyway this feisty lady tried all manner to lower the bids (and good on her) until a $50,000 bid was accepted after Tim had cheekily asked for a $200,000 rise (well he tried hey!) and it was eventually passed into the lady – a deal was done behind closed doors over the magic $6 million mark post auction. Surprisingly despite the written bid, no-one else bid, eg the writer of the bid – mmmm!

Digressing slightly this was in our opinion about the right money for this very rare and truly great home as we figured $3m for the land and $3m for the home and the rest was going to be emotion. Read our James Home Rating if you wish.

But back to the Private Auction – not only is it a civil way to conduct proceedings at the Top End but it also probably circumvents the new cooling off period laws because it is indeed an advertised public auction (well I think it does – if its by invitation only does that make it a public auction – one for the legal boys).

This is the third of its type we’ve been to over $3m in recent times and all have worked (for the seller). As a buyer the normal rules apply at auction – do your homework on value, have representation at auction to protect your privacy and manage the bidding or lack of; and of course have a suitable post auction strategy to prevent the irresistible force of “Slapper” in full voice running you up the flag pole above fair and reasonable.

The more we see the Abercromby guys in action, the more impressed we are with how they do business at the Top End. Yes Tim Derham can hit you between the eyes when you least expect it and Jock can chew your ear off on why a home is worth such and such without necessarily dropping a fact into the conversation (he gets some very big deals over the line); but when you look at their line up which includes Rob Vickers Willis and Andrew Harlock this Top End boutique agency is truly the hired gunslingers (with some morality) who are knocking the Top End around a bit right now. No we don’t get anything from them, but we at James like the way they are doing business right now with the Private Auctions (its innovative and its working) – has a relative degree of transparency about it (although please you need the pre auction preparation and post auction pass-in skills if you are to give as good as you get – they are working for the vendor not you the buyer) and they are actually pleasant guys (not working for you but pleasant). Jeff Gole is a solid, ethical and experienced addition to the Abercromby family. Liking your work right now boys.


35 Stonnington Off Market – Over $6m
Off Market: 35 Stonnington Place Toorak also Jeff Gole and Tim Derham (they’ve had a good week these old blokes). Went through this off market home about a month ago. Pretty well the Toorak new build formula – big, thoughts of pretension, all the features but lacked a little soul when you lined it up against the calibre of  11 Bates St above. Was around the $6m mark the right money? I feel so and that represents a 25% rise on its last buy price during the GFC. Yes we may be in a market that may fall some more but we also may be in a market that has corrected and will begin to rise again. If you know for sure where we are in the cycle can you let us know please – us agents out here are waiting for that sign from God!

SOURED FROM Mal James – Principal Buyer Advocate, 23rd March 2012  http://marketnews.com.au/2012/03/early-march-is-showing-some-initial-signs-of-life/

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